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Poca girls soccer player nets Gamer of the Week

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Harley Hutchins of Poca High School.

The Poca Dots girl's soccer team has had a rough 2013 season. After losing several seniors from the previous year the team has had to build from many underclassmen, several of which are freshman. One athlete has stood out, however; senior midfielder Harley Hutchins, whose 25 goals ranks in the top five in Kanawha Valley girls soccer. She has been a stand out for this team since her sophomore season but has had to take on a new role in a new position.

"Harley has been moved to midfield this year to fill a spot we needed but it has also worked out well because she is a great defensive player as well as offensive. I can play her anywhere without any complaints. She has really stepped into her senior role and led this team," said Coach Mike Shrewsbury.

Last week the Dots played two games, and in those games Harley scored 3 in a 5-6 loss to Ravenswood and then 4 in a 4-2 win over Point Pleasant.

"It has been hard to get to the point where we are playing together, but we have really come together as a team. I feel I have played well this year. My role as a senior and captain has been to pick people up, especially when we have been down in games, and encourage my younger teammates," said Harley about this season. She also said that the team has continued to improve with every game. "The main thing my teammates and I are doing now are finishing and controlling midfield. I am so proud of each and every one of my teammates and what we have been able to accomplish."

Harley learned the sport of soccer from her father at a young age and continues to learn from him even today.

"I really look up to him. He has coached me since I was little and all the way up to high school. Even now he coaches me after games letting me know what I did right and wrong. He was the one who got me into soccer when I was little," she said.

Harley is the daughter of John Hutchins and Deena Johnson. She has a 2.9 GPA and also plays basketball, softball and track for Poca. She is currently undecided on where she would like to attend college next fall.

Look for Harley and other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc.

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